Artist donates prints to Gale School fundraiser


BELMONT — Artist Donna Manning is donating prints of her original works to help the Save Our Gale School Committee meet its goal of raising $100,000 by next August.

The Shaker Regional School Board has accepted the committee’s offer to move the Gale School to another lot in order to preserve the building from demolition, but it is an expensive undertaking. With the New Hampshire Preservation Society having named the Gale School to its 2017 Seven To Save list, the effort has gained additional credibility in terms of applying for grants and in-kind donations, but the committee still has a lot of work ahead to complete its mission of preparing a new foundation, moving the building, and landscaping the lot on which the school has sat for the past 123 years.

Manning said the Gale School is important to her for its architecture as well as its role in the town’s history, as well as her own history. She said several generations of her family were born and raised in Belmont, and attended the Gale School, built in 1894.

“Lots of the old pictures they have of the school in the late 1800s had people in my family in them,” she said.

Manning was among those who attended the Gale School, and she was named the first Miss Belmont in 1967, winning the award for an essay she did. That tradition has lapsed and she now lives on a private road in Pittsfield, but she said she has fond memories of the Gale School and feels today’s children need a connection to history.

Manning previously did a painting of the Gale School as a raffle prize to raise money for the Save Our Gale School Committee, and the committee also sold prints of that painting.

The prints now being offered are “Loon Flight Out of Water” and Laconia’s Gale Memorial Library, both of which are autographed by Manning and printed on high-quality archival paper. She has donated 50 of each print, offered as 20- by 26-inch prints with a white border, or 14- by 23-inch prints, either of which are suitable for framing.

The prints went on sale Wednesday and will be available through the holiday season at Greenlaw’s Music, 633 Main St., Laconia, and U-Frame at 50 Canal St., Laconia.

The Save Our Gale School Committee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is raising funds independently to avoid burdening the taxpayers of Belmont and Canterbury with the cost of relocating the building. Those wishing to assist in the effort may mail checks to: Save Our Gale School Fund, ℅ Franklin Savings Bank, PO Box 339, Franklin NH 03235.

Anyone wishing to donate in-kind services, volunteer, or serve on the Save Our Gale School Committee may contact Chairman Diane Marden at 603-290-4143 or go online to or, on Facebook, Save Our Gale School or Belmont NH Heritage.

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Gale Memorial Library

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Loon Flight Out of Water


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Three indicted on Winona Road burglary, arson charges

LACONIA — Three Grafton County residents have been indicted on arson, burglary and criminal mischief charges related to a crime spree in the vicinity of Winona Road, New Hampton, last May.
New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan had previously announced the arrest of 20-year-old Jacob A. Cohen of 66 Langdon St., Plymouth, in connection with break-ins at several properties in the area.
A Belknap County Superior Court Grand Jury handed up indictments against Cohen, as well as Ian Decato, 20, a transient from North Haverhill, and Travis Ladner, 18, of 3447 Route 3, Campton.
Cohen faces two Class A felony charges — conspiracy to commit arson and night burglary — as well as Class B felony charges of burglary and two counts of criminal mischief. The charges allege that he and Ladner agreed to enter a Winona Road home and Ladner provided matches to start a fire there. Cohen and Decato then broke into the home, according to the charges. Cohen also allegedly caused damage beyond what the fire created.
Ladner faces a Class A felony charge of conspiracy to commit arson, along two Class B felony counts each of burglary and criminal mischief at two Winona Road residences.
Decato faces one Class A felony charge of night burglary, four Class B felony charges, three of them for burglary at three Winona Road residences, and one for criminal mischief.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but an indication that the grand jury has determined there is sufficient evidence to proceed with court action.

Other indictments during the November grand jury session include:
• Brett Covey, 37, of 12 Vista Ridge Drive, Londonderry, faces a Class B felony charge of negligent homicide in the death of Paul Samatoro on June 17 in Gilford. The charge alleges that Covey was driving his Chevrolet Impala in a negligent manner, causing a fatal collision with Samatoro’s motorcycle. Police say Covey was driving faster than reasonable for the road conditions and was weaving in and out of his travel lane, causing him to collide with the oncoming motorcycle.
• Christopher T. Deware, 35, of 37 Deware Drive, Belmont, faces charges of possession of Alprazolam and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, both Class B felonies.
• Jeremy J. Drake, 33, of 70 Main St., Ashland, faces charges of sale of a narcotic drug, fentanyl, and sale of a controlled drug, methamphetamine.

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Laconia man faces multiple assault and other felony charges

LACONIA — Joshua C. Joyce, 21, of 92 Timber Lane, Laconia, is facing a number of felony charges, including assault, after being indicted by a Belknap County Superior Court Grand Jury during its November session.
Joyce faces first- and second-degree assault charges for allegedly slashing another man with a box cutter, and a criminal threatening charge for brandishing a knife while approaching a woman. He also was indicted for an alleged prison assault in which he struck another person with a tray while being held at the Belknap County Department of Corrections jail.
Joyce also faces a Class A felony arson charge for allegedly setting his residence on fire, and a Class A felony charge of attempted theft of a Hyundai Sonata.

Other indictments handed up by the grand jury include:
• William R. Kimball, 29, of 4 Linden Square, Laconia, faces several Class A felonies, including the possession of handguns by a career criminal (a .22-caliber Jennings pistol and a 9mm Hi-Point pistol), as well as Class B felonies of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon for the same guns. He also was indicted for the Class A felony of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and Class B felonies of possessing fentanyl and methamphetamine.
• Colter Kuss, 39, of 53 Concord St., Belmont faces two Class B felonies and four Class A misdemeanor charges of domestic violence. Police allege he choked his daughter using his hands and his forearm, threw her against a window, onto a bed and onto the floor.
• Jeremy D. Michael, 43, a transient of Laconia, faces a charge of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon for brandishing a utility knife while demanding cigarettes and beer. He also is charged with domestic violence for threatening to use the knife to cut a person’s face, and for kicking the person in the face and pushing the victim into a wall.
• Robert D. Dupont, 54, of 49 Overland St., Laconia, faces Class B felony charges of possession and sale of methamphetamine.
Shane Duval, 30, of 16 Kimball Road, Gilford, faces a charge of selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant.
• Lori A. Ferrara, 45, of 2 Pine Tree Drive, Wolfeboro Falls, faces a charge of possessing fentanyl.
• Sarah L. Flanders, 40, 53 Concord St., Belmont, faces two counts of selling methamphetamine.
• Louis Gardner, 40, of Shaker Road, Belmont, faces charges of possessing buprenorphine and methamphetamine.
• Cierra A. Gonyea, 20, of 3 Lyman St., Laconia, faces charges of possessing methamphetamine, buprenorphine, and clonazepam.
• Melissa Gosselin, 34, of 103 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, faces a charge of selling fentanyl to a confidential informant.
• Robert J. Huffer, 31, of 6 Dixon St., Laconia, faces charges of possessing methamphetamine and suboxone, as well as operating a motor vehicle after being certified as a habitual offender.
• Henry J. Lamontagne, 56, of 189 Gilford Avenue, Laconia, faces a charge of possessing methamphetamine.
• Anthony Leroux, 32, of 197 West Main St., Tilton, faces a charge of possessing fentanyl.
• Mishawn MacDonald, 30, a transient of Laconia, faces charges of possessing fentanyl and methamphetamine.
• Daniel McDonald, 25, of 279 Mountain Drive, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing fentanyl.
• Kimberly Moore, 22, of 91 Church St., Laconia, faces charges of possessing heroin and fentanyl, and for providing a false name to police.
• Rachel L. Mount, 40, of 2 Center St., Laconia, faces a charge of selling methamphetamine.
• Collins Musika, 19, of 8 Harris St., Peabody, Massachusetts, faces a charge of receiving stolen property, a 2005 Ford F150.

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